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Addison Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns

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CLIMATE CHANGE METHANE EMISSIONS

The pipeline will expand Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels that increase Green House Gases (GHG) and accelerate Climate Change. Unburned methane is 64 times more powerful as a GHG than CO2 over a 20 year time span  Pipeline compressor and pipeline cleaning stations are a major source of methane emissions. Natural gas mining, transport, and use …

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FARM SOILS, WOODLANDS, WETLANDS & ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE

Farming soils are sensitive and require long recovery periods—pipeline construction will disrupt the lives of farmers Fragile woodland and wetland ecosystems will be disturbed and will not recover—the pipeline route must be keep clear of trees to allow access to the pipeline at all times Pipeline compressor and pig cleaning stations leak methane and are …

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FRACKING AND WATER CONTAMINATION

Fracked gas extraction from a gas well degrades the surrounding air, contaminates water supplies, and produces 3 to 4 million gallons of water pollution. By purchasing fracked gas, we put other communities at risk for the same toxic outcomes that resulted in a fracking ban in Vermont.

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FUTURE USE OF THE UTILITY RIGHT OF WAY

Once a utility owns a right-of-way through a resident’s property, the ROW can be leased or sold to another utility that can use it for other uses, such as high-voltage electric power lines. Strangers entering property engaging in recreational uses of the ROW without permission or using it as a place to dump their trash.

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LANDOWNERS RIGHTS & PROPERTY VALUES

Landowners should opt in to hosting the pipeline and they should not be pressured, bullied, or forced through the land condemnation and eminent domain process to give up their property. Landowners should not be required to sign away their right of refusal for future uses of the right of way beyond those specified in the …

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MISUSE OF RESOURCES TO HELP VERMONTERS HEAT THEIR HOMES

Weatherization can reduce home annual heating costs on average 25% for an average cost of $7,500.  At the same time supplying jobs for local contractors and affecting all areas of the state.  This approach would do more for Vermont’s future energy needs more than the proposed pipeline. Weatherization investments have a long term impact by …

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SAFETY & SETBACKS

Currently, there are no mandatory gas transmission pipeline fire safety setback limits for buildings used by humans at the Federal or State of Vermont level.  Aside from fire/explosion setback, all Homes, forests, wetlands, and other natural resources are eroded in value or the ecosystem damaged when pipeline setbacks are not maximized.

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VERMONT’S LONG-TERM ENERGY INTERESTS

Vermont’s ambitious renewable energy targets require reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and increasing resources for other forms of long-term energy supply.

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